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Barry Schneider (screenplay)
Irwin Yablans (story)
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21 December 1979 (USA) See more »
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Skaters band together to keep their roller-disco open. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The "Citizen Kane" of Roller Disco Films See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Linda Blair ... Terry Barkley

Jim Bray ... Bobby James

Beverly Garland ... Lillian Barkley

Roger Perry ... Roger Barkley

James Van Patten ... Hoppy (as Jimmy Van Patten)

Kimberly Beck ... Lana

Sean McClory ... Jammer Delany

Mark Goddard ... Thatcher

Albert Insinnia ... Gordo

Stoney Jackson ... Phones
M.G. Kelly ... D.J.
Christopher S. Nelson ... Franklin (as Chris Nelson)
Patrick Wright ... Sgt. Danner
Dorothy Meyer ... Ada
Shelley Golden ... Mrs. Potter
Bill Ross ... Nick
Carey Fox ... Sonny

Nina Axelrod ... Bobby's Friend
Rick Sciacca ... 'Complete Control' Conway
Fran Altman ... Featured Skater
Ron Bass ... Featured Skater
Brad Bettencourt ... Featured Skater
Don Bonacci ... Featured Skater
Cindy Bradley ... Featured Skater
Nancy Brown ... Featured Skater
Bob Butler ... Featured Skater
Horace Butler ... Featured Skater
Lonny Carbajal ... Featured Skater (as Lonnie Carbajal)
Danny Carlson ... Featured Skater
Nancy Carol ... Featured Skater
Forrest Chadwick ... Featured Skater
Cathy Crawford ... Featured Skater
Eddie Cruse ... Featured Skater
Brad Dunton ... Featured Skater
Cassandra Escue ... Featured Skater
Derald Gaines ... Featured Skater
Mark Gardner ... Fetured Skater
Howard Goldman ... Featured Skater
Anthony Graham ... Featured Skater
Sandy Gray ... Featured Skater
Lewis Deputy Green ... Featured Skater (as Lewis 'Deputy' Green)
Barbara Guedel ... Featured Skater
Myrian Harmon ... Featured Skater
Greg Harris ... Featured Skater
Ry Hay ... Featured Skater
Richard Heifetz ... Featured Skater
Dovie Jenkins ... Featured Skater
Czarina Jones ... Featured Skater
Valeri Kendall ... Featured Skater
Michael Kirpatrick ... Featured Skater
Kelly Kulak ... Featured Skater

Laurene Landon ... Featured Skater (as Laureen Landon)
Julie Laven ... Featured Skater
C.C. Mayo ... Featured Skater
Pumpkin Mayo ... Featured Skater
Kathy Mishkin ... Featured Skater
Keith Moser ... Featured Skater
Jeff Osser ... Featured Skater
Barbara Otelsberg ... Featured Skater
Rita Preston ... Featured Skater
Kim Redway ... Featured Skater
Belson Sanchez ... Featured Skater
Dennis Sanders ... Featured Skater
Sheri Schell ... Featured Skater
Denise Schreyer ... Featured Skater
Kim Schreyer ... Featured Skater
Alan Scott ... Featured Skater
Darrel Sickel ... Featured Skater
Leesa Siegel ... Featured Skater
Claude Smith ... Featured Skater
Larry Thompson ... Featured Skater
Lynn Tyner ... Featured Skater
Joe Valenti ... Featured Skater
Ellis Vernon ... Featured Skater
Ronnie Vines ... Featured Skater
Rick J. Wagner ... Featured Skater
Paul Wortheimer ... Featured Skater
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Romeo Carey ... Skate Boy (uncredited)
Carrington Garland ... (uncredited)

Lynn Herring ... Featured Skater (uncredited)

Helaine Lembeck ... Chiquie (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark L. Lester 
Writing credits
Barry Schneider (screenplay)

Irwin Yablans (story)

Produced by
Bruce Cohn Curtis .... producer
Joseph Wolf .... associate producer
Irwin Yablans .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bob Esty 
Craig Safan 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt 
Edilberto Cruz 
M. Edward Salier  (as Edward Salier)
Casting by
Ann Bell 
Judi Jones 
Art Direction by
Keith Michl 
Makeup Department
Dino Ganziano .... makeup assistant
Gigi Williams .... hair stylist
Gigi Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Don Behrns .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Allingham .... first assistant director
Rick Wallace .... second assistant director (as Richard C. Wallace)
Art Department
Kathy Curtis-Cahill .... props (as Kathy Cahill)
Linda Pearl .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Chris Carpenter .... re-recording mixer
Anna R. Delanzo .... boom operator (as Anna Delanzo)
Joel Fein .... re-recording mixer
Anthony Santa Croce .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Hal Miles .... visual effects motion control supervisor (uncredited)
Fred Blood .... stunt skater
Jerry Bregman .... stunt skater
Tom Dilts .... stunt skater
Michelle Gerard .... stunt skater
Mark Gnoho .... stunt skater
Duke Rennie .... stunt skater
Ticia Stucklen .... stunt skater
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Batzdorff .... electrician (as Ben Batzdorf)
Ben Batzdorff .... grip (as Ben Batzdorf)
Ray Bilger .... electrician (as Raymond Bilger)
Ray Bilger .... grip (as Raymond Bilger)
Rick Blair .... third assistant camera (as Richard Blair)
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera (as Clyde Bryan)
Stephen Crawford .... electrician
Stephen Crawford .... grip
Mark Shane Davis .... gaffer (as Mark Davis)
Tim Doughten .... electrician (as Tim Doughton)
Tim Doughten .... grip (as Tim Doughton)
Robert Harmon .... still photographer
Steve Mathis .... best boy gaffer
David Michels .... best boy grip (as David Michaels)
Krishna Rao .... second assistant camera (as Kris Rao)
Dylan Shephard .... key grip (as Dylan Shepard)
Raymond Stella .... camera operator
Michael E. Little .... second unit: first assistant camera (uncredited)
Daniel Pearl .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Daniel Pearl .... roller skating camera operator (uncredited)
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda M. Bass .... associate wardrobe (as Linda Bass)
Jack Buehler .... wardrobe designer
Urbana Villafane .... associate wardrobe
Editorial Department
Howard Kunin .... supervising editor
Ricardo Landeros .... assistant film editor
Phill Norman .... montage
David Ornstein .... assistant film editor
Florent Retz .... assistant film editor
Jeff Chaves .... colorist (digital color correction) (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Brooks .... original songs by
Larry Emerine .... music co-producer
Larry Emerine .... music remixer
Bob Esty .... original songs by
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (as Douglas Lackey)
Stephen Marcussen .... additional engineering
Mavis .... original songs by (as Michele Aller)
Darryl Peck .... music coordinator
Craig Safan .... music adaptor
David Winters .... stager: musical numbers
Other crew
Ken Aichele .... production assistant
Barry Bernardi .... production coordinator
Jim Charleston .... production associate
Laurie Cohn .... script supervisor
Bill Goodson .... assistant choreographer
Barbara Guedel .... technical advisor/skate instructor: Linda Blair
Potch Halligan .... flute instructor
Harry Haskell .... production assistant
Ry Hay .... skate coordinator
Steve McMillian .... production associate (as Steve McMillan)
Jamie McMonigle .... production assistant
Elliot Nachbar .... production assistant
Robin R. Oliver .... production assistant (as Robin Oliver)
Amy Rabins .... production accountant
Sean Reiner .... production assistant
Tom Rolapp .... production assistant
Jeanie Rosenberg .... script supervisor
Jonathan Schwartz .... production assistant
Jose Velez .... production assistant
Harry Walton .... insert photography (uncredited)
David Winters .... choreographer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Germany:103 min | USA:103 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Canadian actor David Kennedy was originally cast as Bobby. He was dismissed soon after he and Linda Blair broke up.See more »
Factual errors: Bobby keeps talking about going to the Olympics. Roller skating is not an Olympic sport.See more »
Terry Barkley:[to the breast-grabbing Franklin] I swear, you've got more hands than a poker game!See more »
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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The "Citizen Kane" of Roller Disco Films, 3 February 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

This one is a complete hoot. I caught this low-budget, formulaic 1979 film this past weekend on the big screen at the fully packed Castro Theater in San Francisco as part of a roller-disco midnight madness program. The crowd went wild at every absurd turn of the plot, and it's no wonder. Directed by potboiler specialist Mark L. Lester, this ultimate cheese of a roller disco musical avoids a permanent home in the video junk heap simply because of the sheer idiocy of the storyline and the wealth of unintentional humor permeating the film. There are movies that are intentionally vile and not worthy of reviewing, but this one is actually full of good spirits albeit with nothing in the way of taste, wit or common sense.

In what has to be the steepest career free-fall for a former Oscar nominee, an extremely nubile, twenty-year old Linda Blair stars as Terry Barkley, a prodigious flautist on her way to Juilliard, who tires of being ignored by her wealthy, 90210-based parents and decides to run away for a whole night. Upon meeting Bobby James in Venice Beach, the king of the disco-driven roller skaters, she decides she wants to learn some moves to win the big roller boogie contest at Jammer's, the local roller disco rink. My favorite plot point is Bobby's aspiration to become an Olympic roller skating gold medalist...even though no one tells him it isn't an Olympic event. Of course, Terry is rich, Bobby is poor, and consequently, romantic sparks are inevitable. Complications, however, occur when a thuggish land developer blackmails Jammer to sell his rink, so he can raze the building and build a shopping mall. The rest of the plot is not worth disclosing except to say that it is as preposterous as the convoluted set-up, and thanks to the wooden acting, horrendous dialogue and hilarious skating sequences, it makes for grade-A camp entertainment.

In skin-tight leotards and enough make-up to scare off a Santa Monica Boulevard hooker, Blair makes a sincere attempt at portraying Terry's teen-aged angst. Of course, it helps her professional standing that she is playing opposite real-life roller skating champion Jim Bray, a non-actor who was cast as Bobby only because the producers could not find a leading man who could actually skate. Innately geeky, the never-to-be-seen-again Bray certainly tries hard, though he is defeated by the film's numerous skating sequences which have been inserted so we can be impressed by his expertise. Instead, they provide the film's biggest laughs - the opening where he leads dozens of fellow skaters to the boardwalk to the strains of Cher's disco-diva anthem, "Hell on Wheels"; the ridiculous chase sequence through the streets of Venice where Terry and Bobby are chased unsuccessfully by a speeding car; the concluding roller boogie contest (of course); and in what has to be the absolute nadir, a solo skating number full of cornball treacle dedicated to the drunken Jammer.

Familiar faces from the baby-boomer TV generation dot the supporting cast, among them Beverly Garland ("Scarecrow and Mrs. King" and "My Three Sons") and Roger Perry ("The Facts of Life") as Terry's parents; and Mark Goddard ("Lost in Space") as the villainous land developer. If all that is not enough, there are other lures to consider - the blaring disco music; the groovy, circa-1979 clothes; the forced slapstick (in particular, a fruit-throwing mêlée and a very non-spontaneous pool dunking at a garden party). It's hard to think of a movie more execrable, yet the film has an endearing charm for all its misguided inanity. It's worthwhile just for the unintended guffaws. In the 1979-80 holy trinity of roller disco cinema, "Xanadu" may be "Gone With the Wind" and "Skatetown U.S.A." may be "West Side Story", but this one must certainly be "Citizen Kane".

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